The 2021 Faculty Biennial features works in a diverse range of media explored by art department faculty members Bradley Borthwick, Bevin Engman, Gary Green, Amanda Lilleston, and Garry Mitchell.
Bradley Borthwick received his bachelor of landscape architecture from the University of Guelph and his master of fine arts from Cornell University. He is an associate professor of art at Colby College and has served previous faculty appointments at the University of the Fraser Valley, the University of Colorado Denver, and Cornell University. He lives in the Mid-Coast region of Maine, having arrived nearly eight years ago from the coastal mountain town of Cultus Lake, British Columbia. Borthwick has advanced his studio practice with stone-carving residencies in County Donegal, Ireland, and Gunnison County, Colorado. Research grants have supported travels to Rome, Italy, and the Orkney Islands of Scotland, where studies of remnant cultural form continue to influence his studio production. In addition to projects sited in Italy, Scotland, and Ireland, he has exhibited sculptural and installation-based works at galleries in Colorado, Massachusetts, and Maine. In 2018, he embarked on an artist residency aboard the tall ship Antigua as part of an expedition to the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Norway. He currently organizes for upcoming exhibitions at Burlington City Arts, Vermont, and the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts. Beyond the studio, he is grounded by his wife Justine, their daughters Wren and Anouk, and any opportunity to enjoy the mountains of Maine.
Bradley Borthwick, Ara Pacis: Tending Toward Fracture, 2021 (detail). Olympia white marble, metal leaf, inkjet archival print; installation dimensions variable.
Bevin Engman was born in 1959 in New Haven, Connecticut, and grew up outside Philadelphia in Haverford, Pennsylvania. She attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she received a bachelor of arts in English with a concentration in creative writing (poetry). Engman moved to Portland, Maine, and began painting in at the age of 24. She earned her bachelor of fine arts, with honors, in 1988 from Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art), studying with Ed Douglas, Jonnie Ross, and Margot Trout. Engman cites of particular importance the influence of the color education she received from these painters. She went on to earn her master of fine arts in 1994 from University of Pennsylvania and was awarded the Charles Addams Memorial Prize for painting and a two-year Gutman Teaching Fellowship. In 1996, she accepted her current position at Colby College, where she continues to teach painting and drawing. Over the years, Engman has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions nationally and in Canada. She is a MacDowell Fellow and, until 2018, was a member of the painting association, Zeuxis. Based in New York, the painters of Zeuxis share an interest in perception and exhibit together nationally at fine art galleries, and at small private, regional, and university museums. After 18 years, Engman stepped away from the group to pursue more experimental motifs in her work
Bevin Engman, Origin Story: Of Troubled Seeds, 2021. Oil on raised panel, 24 x 24 in.
Gary Green is Associate Professor of Art at Colby College, where he has taught photography since 2007. He received his master of fine arts from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. Green’s work is held in many collections including those of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, and in Maine at the Portland Museum of Art, and the Bowdoin, Bates, and Colby College museums of art. His books are in collections at the Yale Beinecke Library, New York’s MoMA Artist Book Collection, Bowdoin College Special Collections, among others. After Morandi—a visual conversation with the work of the Italian modernist painter Giorgio Morandi—was published in 2016 by L’Artiere Edizioni in Bologna. When Midnight Comes Around, published in May 2020 by Stanley/Barker, contains a selection of work he made in New York City in the 1970s and ‘80s of the downtown music and art scene, and The River is Moving/The Blackbird Must be Flying, a photobook of new landscape work, was released by L’Artiere in late 2020. Green is currently at work on several new book projects including one from this series of photographs of Long Island, which is being exhibited here for the first time.
Gary Green, Untitled, 2021, from Long Island Pastoral: Photographs from 2019 to 2021. Archival pigment print, 22 x 17 in.
Amanda Lilleston is a visual artist living in Maine. After receiving her bachelor of arts in biology from Colorado College, she worked as a field biology assistant and a wilderness EMT at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas. She went on to get an interdisciplinary master of fine arts from the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design interweaving science and studio art. Her artwork depicts a long and evolving relationship with human anatomy, physiology, and ecology. Using carving, printing, and paper joining, Lilleston transforms zoological/anatomical/botanical imagery into adapting structures and environments. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally including the International Triennial Colour in Graphic Arts in Torún, Poland, Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial, and the Atlanta Print Biennial. Most recently, Lilleston finished an exhibition at Spudnik Press in Chicago. She has prints in permanent collections at the Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum of Art in Japan, the Southern Graphics Council International Print Archives, and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, among others. Lilleston is a lifelong swimmer and trains both in pools and open water. Her most recent work is continually influenced by open water swimming in Michigan, Maine, the Bahamas, and an open water training expedition in Fiji which was funded by a Smucker-Wagstaff Research Grant. Whenever possible, she’s adventuring outdoors with her two kids, husband, and two dogs.
Amanda Lilleston, Waterbodies (detail), 2021. Woodcut, dimensions variable.
A graduate of the University of Hawaii and Pratt Institute, Garry Mitchell has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, as well as grants from the Ford Foundation, the Massachusetts Arts Commission, the Arizona Arts Commission, and the Maryland Commission on the Arts. He has exhibited in New York (Barbara Toll Gallery, Damon Brandt Gallery, Claudia Carr Gallery, Art in General, Nancy Margolis Gallery, and the Hyde Collection), in Boston (Alpha Gallery), and in Tokyo (Japanese International Art Expo, and Zephyrus Contemporary Art). In Maine. he’s been included in Biennials at the Portland Museum of Art and the Maine Center for Contemporary Art and has had solo exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art, the University of Maine Farmington, the Maine Center for Contemporary Art, and ICON Contemporary Art. Garry is an associate professor at Colby College, where he teaches studio art.
Garry Mitchell, Untitled #5, 2020. Acrylic on panel, 24 x 18 in.
Banner image: Amanda Lilleston, Waterbodies (detail), 2021. Woodcut, dimensions variable.